CECIL MAGRATH

CECIL MAGRATH

On January 26th, 2008, Cecil Magrath (Cec) passed away at home with his family by his side. Cec was born in Moose Jaw, Sask. on December 14th, 1918. Predeceased by his wife Dolly, father Jack, mother Annie, brothers Jack, Clifton and Mervyn. He is survived by his twin brother Harold (Big River, Sask.), sons Cecil Jr. “Bud” (Gail), Ronald (Gayle), Pat, Bob (Shauna), Rick, Daughters Anita (Gil, deceased), Gail (Norbert), 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Nora, Marilyn and Del, Dorothy (Stuart) and many nieces and nephews. Cec joined the Canadian Army, Calgary Highlanders 5th Brigade, 2nd Div. in Regina, Sask. in 1940. His regiment landed at Juno Beach on D-Day + 2 and participated in the liberation of Holland. He was in Oldenburg on May 18th, 1945 when the last shot was fired signaling the cease fire to end the war. Upon his discharge Cec and Dolly, along with their 5 children moved to Nanaimo where 2 more children were added to the family. Working as a general accountant, Cec was employed by Don Kilner Motors and Weston Sunbeam Bakeries. After retirement from Weston’s, Cec spent his time visiting family, working on various Royal Canadian Legion projects (Westwood Lake – committee head), assisting his fellow aging veterans and enjoying his passions, camping and fishing (All fish in B.C. waters feared him!) Cec was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch 10), the Army & Navy Club (Moose Jaw, Sask.) and the Royal Order of Buffalos. He was awarded many medals for his years of service to the Legion and in 2005 was pleased to receive the “Palm Leaf” to the Meritorious Service Medal, the highest honour the R.C.L. can bestow on a memeber and the 13th given in B.C. A grave side service will be held at the Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00am, followed by a Celebration of Life commencing at 1:00pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 256 (Mount Benson), 1630 East Wellington Road, Nanaimo, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cec’s name to the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Fund.


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